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LinuxCon 2010 Education Mini-Summit: The State of Open Data in Education


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A call for more, open data in education so we can foster innovative applications, better tools for teaching, and tons of interesting applications we haven't even thought of.

A call for more, open data in education so we can foster innovative applications, better tools for teaching, and tons of interesting applications we haven't even thought of.

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  • StudentsOlin College of EngineeringProgrammersAndy: summer @ IBM Lotus – data widgetsColin: summer @ OpenPlans – open transit designEducation PeopleAlight LearningFOSS PeopleWe’re not the experts in the room!But we hope we can help you think differently
  • * You’re the Open Source CrowdBuuut, we think you’re talents apply well to data, tooWe would like to argue, it is more important to push open data than to push for more open software.You are good at solving this problemBuild on each others shouldersLots of fuzzy edges – licensingHave experience from OpenSource on how to deal with these issuesEx: OpenStreetMapPortland can use
  • * Have specific rules to make the community
  • Data begets amazing, innovative software
  • * Raw boring data turned into cool shit
  • * More data the merrier* Either case, we don’t care* Use ShareAlike where it makes sense* Use GPL other places were it makes senseReporting data is public domainWe care more that data is available than who/how its storedOSS backend? Proprietary Pearson backend? Fine.
  • * Imagine Twitter mashed up with attendance data* There are good uses out there
  • There are 4 of them!
  • Shift gears here and show what this philosophy and mindset has done in different industries
  • Standard of IMS Global – non-profit for
  • Standard of IMS Global – non-profit for
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    • 1. Before you get bored of this Presentation-- some cool links
      OpenPlans ( )
      Colin’s summer non-profit
      Non-profit, OpenSource innovation-shop
      The Civic Hacker (awesome blog)
      Egov powered by - Wiki on best open data practices for cities – Open Source geographic centered crisis information system
      Open Transportation
      Case of Open Data in Transportation:
      NYC DoE School of One Pilot
      Data Standards data format for real-world issue reporting (grafitti, fire hydrants, etc). Used by SF and DC
      Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF)
      Open Zone Integration Server
      Common Cartridge
      Cool Applications of Data
    • 2. The State of Open Data in Education
      Andy Pethan and Colin Zwiebel
    • 3. About Us / Disclaimer
      Education People
      FOSS People
      Cool Software:
      We’re not the experts in the room!
      But we hope we can help you think differently
    • 4. Program Flow
      Open data
      Overview of Education data standards
      The path ahead
    • 5. Does Open Source apply to data?
      Different topic, same mindset
      Building on each others data
      Like code, plethora of ways to license data
      Focus on the community
    • 6. “The value of LIFT is the community, not the code base.”
      - David Pollackfounder Of Lift Framework
    • 7.
    • 8.
    • 9. The World is Increasingly Data Driven
      Number of analytics companies!!!
      Smarter Planet initiative
      Open Government Initiative
    • 10. We Need Open Data in Education
      What do we want?
      What do we have?
      Aggregate school reporting
      State and national statistics
      Inaccessible (PDFs, CDs at specific schools)
      We care more that data is available than who/how its stored
    • 11. Why?
      • We think…
      • 12. Better studies
      • 13. More informed decisions
      • 14. Data is proof
      But we don’t really know! Imagine…
      Twitter and attendance
      School of One
    • 15. Data Lock-in
      Vendor specific data sucks
      If you don’t work with commercial software, they lock you out
      They have enough data to get away with this today – no other collection of data competes
    • 16. Building a foundation
      Every school has a large set of common needs
      Facilitation of learning
      Schools as a business
      Public government
    • 17. Open311, OpenMuni Case Studies
      San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Phil Ashlock
      Cities have mishmash of systems, a standard needs to sit on top as abstraction layer
      Open source community practices were critical in guiding these standards building initiatives
    • 18. Open Transportation
      Brian Farris – One Bus Away
      Developers are nimble –lunch-time hackathon
      Real-time data: sensitive?
      OpenTripPlanner, OpenStreetMaps
      Major existing standards
    • 19. Open Education Data Today
      Little sharing, not real-time
      Major existing standards
      National Education Data Model (NEDM)
      Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF)
      Common Cartridge (CC)
      Sharable Content Objects Relational Model (SCORM)
    • 20. (NEDM)
      Standardized way to collect data and describe almost everything:
      Blood type
      Bus Routes
      Neighborhood demographics
      No reference implementation
    • 21. Common Cartridge
    • 22. Common Cartridge
      Transfers content from publishers to LMSes
      Commercial buy in:
      McGraw Hill
      FOSS support:
    • 23. Schools Interoperability Framework
    • 24. Schools Interoperability Framework
      Unifies data from many vendors in a school
      Many services communicating via a single traffic director, or “Zone Integration Server”
      Open source reference implementation
      Mature standard, mandated in some states
    • 25. Take Action
    • 26. Take Action
      In education:
      Demand compliance from your school/district
      In Development
      ACID test of NEDM
      NEDM reference implementation
      Data-driven educational apps
      Open Data Repository (Wikipedia for data)
    • 27. What’s Stopping Us?
      Consensus building
      Who’s job?
    • 28. Open Data and Your Educational Software Project
      Ex: educational games
      Data producers and crunches need not be the same
      Get your data out there!
      Data proof
    • 29. Open Data and Your Data Repository
      Support development of data sharing standards
      Provide data to the credentialed individuals
      Give me easy access to data
      Data I’m allowed to see
      Let my software do innovative things on a classroom level
    • 30. We Can Entice people to join the Open data cause thorough Innovation
      You are a member of an education project (packaging, marketing, promoting)
      Need to get data out there
    • 31.
    • 32. Conclusion
      Open data matters for education
      Developing standards, educational initiatives, and tech advances look positive
      Your skills and mindset are needed in this young movement
      And don’t stop innovating!